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    Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by bacteria that usually affects the lungs. With careful treatment it can be cured.TB is the single biggest cause...

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  • Mass TB Tests 'Would Save Billions'

    A World Bank study has estimated that South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique could save approximately 13 billion rand a year in increased productivity and reduced TB transmission by spending 330 million rand per year to test and treat miners in the gold and platinum mining industry for TB.

    31 March 2014 | Business Daily
  • Poor Diagnosis Driving Global Multidrug-Resistant TB, WHO Warns

    In 2012, fewer than 25 percent of the 500,000 people with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) infections received a diagnosis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, many MDR TB-infected individuals received the wrong treatment or no treatment at all.

    24 March 2014 | Reuters
  • South Africa Battles Drug-Resistant TB

    Despite an increase in diagnosis times, South Africa is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and those who start treatment.

    12 March 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • Xpert TB test doesn’t reduce morbidity but it does have important advantages

    While it is disappointing that the Xpert did not confer a morbidity or mortality benefit, its advantages include quicker and easier diagnosis with less work for health workers.

    10 March 2014 | HIV i-Base
  • CROI 2014: GeneXpert real world study yields mixed results, highlights SA health system challenges

    Gavin Churchyard and Katherine Fielding presented results this morning from the XPert for TB: Evaluating a New Diagnostic Trial (EXTEND) on the question of whether Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test reduces early mortality in adults with suspected TB, facilitates earlier initiation of TB treatment and antiretroviral therapy and reduces the number of patients

    05 March 2014 | Science Speaks
  • GeneXpert use still hobbled by high pricing, Treatment Action Group, TB Community Advisory Board say

    Letter to Cepheid cites continued cost of machines, Russia, China cartridge costs of five to six times negotiated price, and more.

    28 January 2014 | Science Speaks
  • GLOBAL: Xpert MTB/RIF Test Quickly Detects TB and Resistance to Rifampicin

    News-Medical.net reported on a second systematic review of the Xpert® MTB/RIF TB test, which is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO commissioned this updated Cochrane Review as part of the process to update the policy on the use of the test.

    23 January 2014 | CDC National Prevention Information Network
  • Urgency Needed in the Global Response to Drug-resistant Tuberculosis

    In the second of two linked posts, Lindsay McKenna and Colleen Daniels of Treatment Action Group (TAG) describe the importance of access to timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment for patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis and demand that urgency be returned to the global DR-TB response.

    04 November 2013 | PLoS Blogs
  • Pros and cons of high-tech TB testing

    A new, sophisticated diagnostic test for tuberculosis now being rolled out promises to be faster and more accurate than the old methods and much easier to use. But the first trials of the GeneXpert MTB/RIF Assay test in real-life situations have proved that while all this is true, it did not make any significant difference to treatment outcomes.

    30 October 2013 | IRIN
  • Gains in tuberculosis control at risk due to 3 million missed patients and drug resistance

    Tuberculosis (TB) treatment has saved the lives of more than 22 million people, according to the WHO "Global tuberculosis report 2013" published today. The report also reveals that the number of people ill with TB fell in 2012 to 8.6 million, with global TB deaths also decreasing to 1.3 million.

    23 October 2013 | World Health Organization (press release)
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